Sunday, December 7, 2014

David Wood: Why I Am a Christian

For everyone who wanted to know how I became a Christian, here you go.

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  1. It's a good video. Thanks for making it. I've linked it at Triablogue.

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  2. Sir, I saw your testimony on another blog, Thomistic Bent yesterday. All I could think after watching was, Wow! This is what I wrote:

    "Mr. Wood makes some pretty fantastic claims about his past. Any verification? How is his Dad? How did he get out of jail? How long ago did these things happen? A quick view of his website produced no answers. I would be happy to know that these claims are verified and am glad for him if they are indeed true. However, biographical info on Mr. Wood is scant. Just wondering if you know anymore about him."

    Now that I read back over these comments it sounds like I doubt your testimony. Sir, that is not the case at all. I don't intend to insult you. On the contrary, I think it's pretty bold to out yourself like this. I really just want to know more, "the rest of the story" as they say. Glenn advised me to forward these questions to you. So here they are. What do you say?

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  3. I just want to say that your testimony is a little (no, highly) disturbing. I know God forgives all who truly repent but is that a real testimony? Just really need to know, ya know, that thing called the truth.

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    1. So, given the absence of any evidence to the contrary, you're accusing him of possibly being a liar?

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    2. Jay, I have to tell you, when I first watched this, I was truly in shock. I never ever would have thought that David had this as his history. I thought, was this video made to shock, or show that anyone could be forgiven, and then after this comment, I dug in and watched him on the 700 club interview, etc. I have since commented that I'm so glad that God and his friend were able to reach him.

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    3. Jay, it's not offensive to suspect the possibility of an admitted sociopath, or former sociopath, being a liar. He most certainly was a liar before his conversion and it would be insane for anyone who is familiar with sociopathy to not at least consider the possibility. I doubt a redeemed sociopath would take offense at being doubted or questioned. His admitted diagnosis is absolutely evidence of the possibility that he is a liar. I don't say that as an insult. I am sure that, like Paul, he is eager to boast all the more of what he has been rescued from if he has indeed become new man.

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  4. I haven't received any other comments from you, Daniel.

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  6. David,

    I saw the video last night by seeing it at Lydia McGrew's blog "What's Wrong With the World." It was terrific, although I will share with you that you scare me! Ha! Did you really get all that in one take? Man, that was awesome.

    Also, I am blessed to not only learn that you are my redeemed brother in Christ, but I am blessed to relearn that God chooses to use ordinary means to accomplish His work, i.e., He selected your prison mate Randy to help "argue" you into the knee bending insight that it's "Jesus or Nothing."

    Did Randy also use (perhaps unintentionally) the rhetorical techniques of mockery and ridicule when he turned the principles of your atheistic arguments back against you when he pushed back against your attempts to show him that biblical Christianity is false? Just curious

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    1. David, do you still keep in contact with your former prison mate Randy?

      Also, would he attest that he used to push back against your arguments with questions that mocked or ridiculed your atheist beliefs?

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    2. Yes, I'm still in contact with Randy. He's still in prison (he pleaded guilty to 21 felonies). We try to send him money every month.

      But he wasn't really the mocking type. (He was a little guy in a dorm full of violent predators.)

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    3. Heh, heh. I can see why little Randy wouldn't use mockery and ridicule in a place full of violent predators.

      Yet at the same time, he didn't wuss or back down when you pressed him on Biblical Christianity either. He came back strong. Or at least strong enough to make you pause and consider the substantive force of his argument.

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  7. Is this really your past story david wood? If it is then its awesome

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  8. The biggest question this left me with was "why is there apparently no remorse or regret?" It was a detached and chilling account of a viscously violent past, and yet there still appeared to be no feeling or compassion for the father David attacked. As with Salli above, I wondered when this happened, how did the mental health and prison services respond (and what are they doing now to ensure David and those around him are safe), and what became of David's father? I was also left wondering "is this something that will be revealed as a spoof in time?"

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    1. I don't agree, Andrew. It isn’t true whatsoever that Wood shows "no remorse or regret." Did you watch the whole thing? In the "third act," where it belongs, he describes himself as the worst person in the world, and he vividly tells how tortured he felt over what he’d been. Also, watch again, his voice clearly (and beautifully) cracks with emotion when he reads the words of Paul.

      Yes, his narration was haunting and intense, but it’s better for that reason. Like a novelist, he adopts the persona and tone of the character being portrayed at each point in the story. That's just good storytelling; it's what makes us, the audience, feel what he's saying.

      And the setting and filming add to the aesthetic effect as well. For example, at its most chilling point, we follow him through a dark tunnel, the shadows on his face getting thicker and more sinister, until he gets on the train and begins to find light through Randy. -- Well done, this film was.

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  9. do you mind if I show this at my youth group or church?

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  10. "do you mind if I show this at my youth group or church?"

    Feel free to do whatever you want with it, Dan.

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  11. David, how old were you during this time of rage until you were released from prison?

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    1. Watch the interview he did with 700 club it has a lot of answers to your questions

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    2. Thanks for the suggestion. I watched the video. That answered my questions.

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  12. I also like the video you did with 700 club

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  13. I was in jail at 18, then spent 19-24 in jail and prison.

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    2. When did you go to college and meet Nabeel? And how did you get accepted in the first place?

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  14. Hi David,

    Thanks for sharing your testimony.

    Praise Jesus as the Spirit of truth is working in you to expose Islam.

    Kind regards,
    Will

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  15. First let me say I am thankful and I praise God for the work He did in your life and I welcome you into the family. Second, I appreciate the hard work you have put into this blog. It is a wonderful resource. Now I have a prayer request for you. The young man I would like you to pray for is very much like how you described yourself as a child.

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  16. I watched the 700 Club interview video as Daniel suggested, and that answered my questions. Congradulations David. Thank you for your testimony. I'm glad that your Dad is alright, too.

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    1. I can't find the video on the 700 club. What is the program it's on?

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  17. Found the program, I praise Him who answered your prayer David. Amen and Amen.

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  18. David, your story was chilling. (And yet beautiful!)

    It was difficult to hear, as it reminded me of the darkness that was in my own soul before Christ found me.

    We have such an amazing Savior! I am so glad He found us both!

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  19. How can I get a copy of this to play for the inmates at the jail where I minister? I can't get YouTube there.

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    1. Dane... are you aware of the Kairos prison ministry? I have good friends that serve on those and they are always telling us incredible stories.

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    2. Hi Jeckyll S. Yes, I am familiar with Kairos. It's a great program! However, it seems to be more associated with the state prison system in my area. I serve at the local county jail. We don't have programs like that at the county level.

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  20. You can download YouTube videos here: http://en.savefrom.net/1-how-to-download-youtube-video/

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    1. Thank you David! I didn't want to download without your permission.

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  21. How did you get accepted to college with your mental history?

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    1. I had already started college when I was arrested. After my release, I just went back and registered for classes, and I was still listed as a student.

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  22. David, can you share the link to the video of the interview you were on your way to? Maybe it's because I'm on an iPad, but there was no link at the end of the video to the next one.

    Thanks!

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    1. I want to know that too. I'm on my computer, and there is no link. It did say coming soon, but I wonder if the interview is the one on Calvinism and Arminianism with Guillaume Bignon? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4_vmGLiIvM. Bignon is the man at the table.

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  23. Powerful and brilliantly told, David. The symbolism of the setting also gives this testimony the feel of a genuine work of art, something that will last. It has certainly lingered in my mind since I first watched it a few days ago, and I'm Jewish. Here's another highly functioning sociopath who turned out good:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3DACO72FNc

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  24. Hi David! Thanks for taking the time to share such an awesome testimony. I am always encouraged to hear how peoples' lives can changed 180 degrees in a short period of time. If you don't mind me asking, did you experience an improvement in your overall mental health after becoming a Christian? Is there a sense in which you were healed from that as well?

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  25. Of course one would never guess by seeing you today, David, that you had such a past.
    I'm VERY glad God's struggle with me wasn't nearly so dramatic as HIs was with YOU!
    But, after I came to faith at age 21 it seemed I'd been an atheist 'forever' - and I could see the steps He'd led me through - mostly steps of undeserved, unexpected MERCY.
    But He brought me to the point where I was BEGGING to know Him.
    My next struggle was with love and self - the coldness of my heart and the stubbornness of my will. I told Him at the outset I would fight Him every inch of the way, and asked Him to never give up on me.
    I'm sure I should be VERY grateful this has been a lifelong struggle, even after I finally told God I no longer wanted to fight Him.

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  26. Brilliant, murderous sociopath finally meets someone smarter than him in prison who convinces him to blame a lack of God-belief for his struggles with bloodthirsty narcissism? Now preaches a Christian order as the cure for anarchistic inclinations, although the force that has always driven him to madness is the thought of being a slave to any belief system? I'm glad David has found peace, but surely this is not the only way the rare human with his specific pathology may find it. A great speaker and imagineer, and hard to be so smart it destroys all sense of reality, such that the imposition of a clearly-defined super-reality is the only solution.

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    1. Most your sentences aren't grammatical. So it's hard to know what you're saying. But your own mean-spiritedness is evident--if that's all you really wanted to show.

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    2. Yes, agree it's rather hard to understand what he is trying to say. But one thing is clear, he's using the "sin threshold" to judge our brother David and it's unfortunate he misses the point. I pray God opens his eyes at some point because on judgement day the old "well I was not as bad as those people in jail excuse" is not going to work for him. Only Gods grace and mercy in Christ Jesus can work as it had for David...

      @David, love what God is doing through you brother. Keep up the great work. I was reminded of Matthew 20:16 when I saw this video..."so the last will be first and the first will be last"....seeing more family expand the kingdom in this way just hypes me up bro...love it

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    3. You know, 2183a, your implementation of a thesaurus to impose artificial intellectualism upon your thought patterns expressed literarily really does not behoove you in your intent to belittle Mr. Wood according to your profound abhorrence against the spiritual credences of others.

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  27. By the way, could you put a link to the interview on the 700 Club. I can't seem to find it.

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  28. David you are the modern version of St. Paul.
    You should write your own autobiography.

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  29. Thanks for sharing your testimony David. Wow. I was wondering after watching your video, how your relationship was now with your father? If you care to share. You all have been such an encouragement to me, in the sharing of my faith. I am almost finished reading Nabeel's book. I will pray for God's blessings, and His protection over you all. Your sister in Christ.....John 16:33

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  30. David, would like to also share tonight that thanks in part to your, Nabeel's, and Ravi Zacharais Ministries.... I purposely set out, and God opened the door for me to share the Gospel with 2 Muslim women today at the mall. Stay faithful and steadfast, cause I'm learning alot :)

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  31. Hi David,

    Thanks for your wonderful, unique and faith strengthening testimony.
    I am so blessed and I am more convinced that our God exist and he created the whole universe.
    He’s indeed almighty and powerful to save and transforms all kinds of sinners everywhere.
    Amazing story….

    Thanks again and praise the Lord Jesus for everything he’s done to you.

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  32. Yes Amen , my eyes saw a different world, everything was more detailed, clear in colour It was like a vial was lifted off, its been 20 yrs and i still have not forgot that moment.

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  33. This was the first time i watched your testimony and hearing a lot of things about you from Nabeel, I was not prepared for that kind of revelation. Too much explosives in a single testimony. But God is indeed greater and I am beyond joyful as to what He has done and where He has placed you. For giving you joy, hope and security in life.

    God bless you, David. I really hope i could meet you and Nabeel in person. The lives of the both of you are an encouragement for me.

    I would love to hear your resources but i am currently staying in Riyadh and SA has its ways of blocking your sites and the answers i needed in answering Islam. Glad to be able to still watch youtube videos.

    God bless, David

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  34. I adore this video. Praying God uses the intellectual logic of the way the gospel is presented here to soften the hearts of intelligent, but very lost family members.

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  35. Our Lord forgives so graciously and He has given you a strong purpose for your suffering. Praise God.

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  36. David, the Apostle Paul would be proud of you....!

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  37. Many people tell me they have their own beliefs, butI think that it is not scientifically possible to have your own beliefs, because how could you pick and choose what you want to believe? Could you do that in science?the one who created the Bible is the one who created everything, so I don't think it's possible to have your own beliefs, you have to find out what the reality is, and conform ,and if Islam is false, how many other religions are false? And if you keep going, do you finally get to the conclusion that there is only one true religion? After all the Bible says there is just one faith ,one Lord ,one baptism ,what do you think ? And if so ,what would you say the true religion is? That would be a great truth indeed to spread to everybody, which religion is God using today? The religion that God revealed to the Apostle Paul as the true religion of that day was called a sect! (Acts 28:22) I think it's logical to conclude that the true religion would also be called "a sect",in modern times. Obviously Satan uses many different religions to mislead people and since there are thousands of different religions finding the true religion would be like finding a needle in a haystack. I would like to hear your thoughts on this. And also I really appreciate your videos ,and what you're doing , it's obvious that God is really using you ! your courage and your zeal are outstanding ,and you're good logical reasoning ability is impressive ,and also how much you are able to memorize ,all those different facts about Islam. Please keep up the good, and don't let negative comments from others dishearten you( proverbs 24 :10) the Bible says all those who want to live with godly devotion will be persecuted. ( 2nd Timothy 3 :12) ( Ephesians 6:12)( Acts14:22) and because you're spreading truth and the whole world is lying in the power of Satan, of course you will be one of his targets. ( 1st John 5:19) Michael Behe wrote a very good book called Darwin's black box, and he has been under attack ever since, and he's not even religious I don't think. Anyway I have noticed that anything that's really good , is very controversial,so I think you're very good individual.
    So thanks again ,and keep up the good work!

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  38. Are you Christians pleased to welcome this nut job into your ranks ?

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    1. No! We want to be cool atheists who spend all their time trolling videos and complaining about Christians! We want to be the sort of atheists who are just as obsessed with religion as any ISIS jihadist. We want to be like you, Graham Luks! Teach us how to be good Dawkins drones!

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    2. Actually Graham, yes. Assuming his story is true. We are very pleased to welcome anyone who calls on the name of Jesus and whose life is transformed. When you can show us how your worldview/belief system can produce this type of change in a person's life, let us know. I've never really heard a "testimony" of someone converting to atheism and as a result experiencing an amazing life transformation from evil to good. Maybe one exists, but I've never heard it.

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    3. Wow...tokyojim, "Assuming his story is true"?

      I believe if you were present during the days of the Early Church, you would be one among the folk saying, "Assuming Paul's story is true, we are pleased to welcome him" or "assuming Jesus rose from the dead and it is true, we will believe Him".

      How can you assume something that is so evident, how can you not see when the facts are right in front of you? If you cannot see the power of God working in such a prominent way, so as to take David's heart of stone and replace it with the heart of flesh (just like He did the rest of us), how will you ever discern in larger aspects?

      When you have the Holy Spirit living within you, you should be able to discern whether or not something is true, and by the grace and mercy of God, brother David's testimony is very much true.

      I am heartbroken when folks like you doubt, when others in this comment thread comment about, "what about the safety of the people around him now", "what about his relationship with his father, his friends, etc etc."...how can you not know that when Christ Jesus changes your life, He draws you close to Him, He makes you a light in this dark world, He heals and restores you, wipes away your iniquity and makes you like a NEW person.

      God has completely restored brother David as He did Paul, if you cannot see that, then start spending time in the Word of God and in prayers, for your hearts are still hard and still fear.

      You care more about being 'safe' rather than being blessed and knowing that it is the Lord who goes by you (if you are saved), if it were me, I would LOVE to meet a servant of the Lord like brother David in person, it would be such a blessing (and hopefully God willing, I one day will). A true Christian isn't worried about their place here, for even if you die you will live if you believe in Christ.

      May God bless brother David, sister Marie, their beautiful children, and the rest of our brethren abundantly, and may He bless David and his family (and other like servants of God) more so than the rest of us for they are proclaiming the Good News of Jesus, and are truly giving Christ the glory.

      For it is Christ who changes a person and makes him a new leaf in Him, being dead to the flesh and alive in His Spirit.

      When will you guys (Christians who are complaining, doubting and being a hindrance to the true testimony of a life transforming power of Jesus as seen in His children like bro David whom God drew to Himself) understand?

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  39. You are either a disturbed individual, or pulling our leg.

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    1. So you think it would be better if we simply offered no forgiveness, no chance of redemption?

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  40. We are all nut jobs without Christ. The important thing is not to remain one.
    Allow God to transform your life too.

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  41. Thank you for sharing your testimony.

    I never thought of the arguments David presented (ie the resurrection and how people were willing to lay their lives down because of their eyewitness account). Having come from a "Christian" home where abuse in the name of God was the norm, I really appreciate these types of testimonies and hearing arguments like he presented, because it helps bolster my own beliefs in the face of my struggles with God, getting past the inoculation against Christianity that happened as a result of my experiences -- is God really the merciful, loving, kind God that He claims to be. It's not just atheists who are touched by your testimony, Mr. Wood. It's the prodigals, too.

    I watched David's Three Stages of Jihad. I got to say, I love how Yahweh works. He wastes nothing. He uses the circumstances and situations in our lives to produce what He can use in people to further His Kingdom and bring Him glory. Mr. Wood is the perfect part of Messiah's body that He called him to be.

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  42. Ok hi I just want to say that first, you're awesome, yours is one of the best testimonies I've ever heard, and, if it's alright with you, I'd like to use it as a future project in my competitive drama class; if you have a copy of it written down, and will give your permission to use it, I could email you or you me, and we can go through all that stuff. Most likely, I'd be using it in oral interpretation, which is presenting someone else's work and giving them credit; please let me know soon.

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  43. David Question:
    What is your relationship with your parents today?

    Thank you

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  44. David, that's one awesome testimony. Praise God you were so brave to share it. God is using you brother:)

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  45. David, I'm praying you're not a Calvinist and if so...you WILL be deeply convicted by the Holy Spirit, as I was - after 7 months in a heretical Reformed church and Calvinistic teachings....God lovingly admonished His Own but if you are not truly born-again you will continue to see light as dark and good as evil. It's not semantics - it's a different Gospel preached and it hinges on the words of a murderous man and his pride for the last 200 years....Praying for you~

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    1. One of the dumbest comments I've ever read. I'm not a Calvinist, but it's certainly disturbing to see Christians so obsessed with attacking Calvinism that they randomly post, "I hope you're not a Calvinist!" If you hear "Calvinist" whenever you watch a Christian video, you have an unhealthy obsession with Calvinism, and you're possibly paranoid. Seek help.

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  46. hello will you pray for me thank you good bye

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  47. David, I thought I had familiarity with the topics that you are discussing. But listening to you I am impressed. You are very much on point and very well prepared that I learn something new from each one of your videos. I am urging all Christian leaders to invite you to their churches and open the door of communication between you and people who will be the best candidates (if converted to Christianity). Many times it is the one question that introduces the seed for research and concentrated dwelling in the words of our Lord. May God be your protector and bless you with more wisdom and may he also give your family the strength and support they need to stand with you in this mission.

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  48. Hey David! Ive seen a good few of your videos, and your boldness in your testimony is incredible! Most of the vids ive seen are centered towards muslims, but I was wondering if you have any vids on repentance & change of heart. I want to be indwelled by the Holy Spirit and have that connection to God and know Him, but apparently I must be missing something. Is there anything you can throw my way to point me in the right direction? And can you clear up my misconceptions of why I keep thinking God of the OT is someone completely different than Jesus in the NT. Did Jesus have the Father's soul in addition to the Holy Spirit? How do I have a contrite spirit? Please help in whatever way you can, as I don't want to lean on my own understanding. Thanks :)

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    1. Damara

      For your questions visit this website

      https://carm.org/

      Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding
      Prov 3:5

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  49. How did Nabeel react when you told him, David? Why didn't he freak out?

    I'd love to watch a followup video sometime on the changes in your life post-conversion.

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  50. Hi David, thank you for your testimony. I was born and bred a Christian, but I try to be a real faithful Christian (not easy as I deal with my own demons daily)... You reminded me to see the bigger picture in your analogy of the subway, and the world outside. I believed that God led me to view your YouTube video... I sought... I found. Do you have a Facebook page?

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  51. Thank god this beast’s delusions of faith have saved the world from his vicious psychopathy; for now; and thank god he is so weak that he doesn't hit hard enough to kill; instead he can hide in the dogma of religion;

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